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Rust Treatment And How To Fix Rust Problems-Stuff You Will Need

Hopefully now you’ve psyched yourself up and prepared yourself to get the work done, I suggest you start as soon as possible- it’s all too easy to start going, I’ll do that in a minute, I’ll do that later, I’ll do that tomorrow..Etc, etc. Because the minute comes and goes, “later” arrives and you’re “too tired” and tomorrow has more “important plans”. Your car doesn’t work to this schedule, so you shouldn’t either ;).

Tomorrow turns into months, and maybe you have some really bad weather in this time and what was once manageable is now out of control. I know this because I was like this last year just after I bought the car.

Then it came to winter and we had some of the worst weather ever here in the UK, lots of snow and icy conditions meant loads of salt was put out on the road, and while I was having fun. The rusty areas on my car quickly became worse and apparent. I’ve caught it now but it could of been worse.

There’s your lesson then ;) I bet you can relate to the above circumstances which is why we must get started as soon as possible! so here’s what you will need then … Or your shopping list!

How To Fix rustPlenty of Sandpaper- Make sure it’s good quality stuff or it won’t last very long, you want everything right from the very rough to the very fine. I used 3 types, some super rough very large sand particles paper, a medium-rough paper, and some very fine stuff to smooth it off

A Strong Wire Brush– Again make sure it’s good quality and very durable, this will help to get rid of all the surface rust and reveal those holes quicker if they are there, think of this as the strongest, and most durable piece of sandpaper you can get.How To fix Rust HolesA Plane tool or something very similar– You may or may not need this and to be honest it depends on the condition of your car- you make the judgement there, but I used this to get rid of the worse surface rust that wrapped round the bottom of the front skirt.

A Rust Remover or Rust Repair solution- To be honest they have all got very good now so I wouldn’t be to fussed which one you get. The one I brought causes a chemical reaction which actually reverses the rust, on the surface rust it worked very well, but it won’t cure rust that you can break off with your fingers for example. But it just adds that piece of mind.Rust Repair SolutionPLENTY of brushes– Don’t go out spending a fortune on them either.. the rust remover stuff damages the brushes to a point where you can’t really wash it out, And before filler, we are going to be fibre glassing the worst areas, and the resin to mix the fibreglass turns brushes into solid blocks of plastic essentially.

how to remove surface rustAluminium Sheet– This is what we are going to put in the areas of the holes to strengthen and give us a surface area to work on, again it adds to that piece of mind and strengthening.

aluminium sheetFibreglass repair kit- This is the most important part as this is the first stage of covering the holes and areas of rust you’ve sorted- before your wondering were going to use filler later but not at this stage, The filler is going to be the finishing touch and not the fix. Fibreglass is better, and never rots.

Fibreglass body repair kitGloves- really you should invest in proper workman’s gloves like I did because the fibreglass resin mixture is toxic and harmful, it irritates your skin, makes you partially high, and is unbelievably strong- this is what gives fibreglass it’s strength, and IT WILL STICK YOUR FINGERS TOGETHER- and not in a “superglue way”-worse, and it keeps eating away at your skin for a while if you get it on there. It’s not going to kill you kind of thing, but it can be very irritating.

Body repair glovesThese are the things you need to stop the rust in its tracks now and give you piece of mind, and because we’re using fibreglass to start with, it’s going to be much stronger than just filler.

Like I said were doing this properly, so the plan is to never see any rust again in the areas were treating during your ownership of the car and possibly to the scrap yard or to whoever buys it after you decides they want to weld it. which when they see this finish I’m sure they won’t do.

Optional stuff

I purchased these things at the same time, mostly because of the convenience but we won’t need them just yet. I got all my stuff from Halfords, so I’m sure you have a Halfords locally or its equivalent.

But what’s great about Halfords, providing you have the paint code for your car, they will do a custom mix for you so you can get the exact colour when it comes to finishing. You might think it’s only a small area your touching up but this is important if like me you want your car to be immaculate.

Got my paint mixed- You should be able to find the paint code somewhere on one of the manufacturers stickers on your car, if not your next best bet is Google it, see if the maker of your car, in my case Volvo has archives, this will give you all the details of the car at the time it was being made. If your sstill unsure or lost get involved in the forums, there’s always someone there who probably knows the car better than all the original designers, and they are usually very helpful and friendly people since they are very passionate about the car

Custom paint mixPrimer-Obviously

Primer For Rust RepairMicro fibre paint preparation wipes- These are important as they get rid of all the dust particles right down to the microscopic level, last thing you want is a job well done, then air bubbles in the paint because you didn’t clean it properly

Underseal- since the areas I’m doing are all the bottom to underside of my car, I want to make sure they stay as good as the day I finished themunderseal Rust Repair SolutionNow you’ve read that, print this page out and head down to your local Halfords or auto parts place! And get these things, it’s always worth asking a shop assistant as well if your unsure of anything.

Next time we will be looking at techniques and how to get started.

 

See The Rest Of The Articles On This Topic Here:

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How To Stop Rust In It’s Tracks And Fibreglass Repair Solution

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  1. Kishor

    First of all, I don’t know why you think the Caprice gets 27mpg. If you are basing it off the mautracunfers rating, that is NOT based on actual driving (especially in 1994).17mpg actually sounds correct for that car. There are lots of variables . do you keep your tires inflated? Do you drive without any hard acceleration? Do you drive up and down hills? Do you maintain the engine properly? Is it city (stop and go) or highway driving?

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